6/8/15 The Washington Post
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson predicted Monday that federal courts will ultimately allow the Obama administration to proceed with its plans to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.
“I believe we will prevail,” Johnson said of the legal battle that has forced DHS to halt preparations to move forward with President Obama’s controversial executive actions announced in November. A federal judge and an appeals court have temporarily blocked the measures, which would make up to 5 million undocumented immigrants eligible for deportation relief, including undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.
“Our lawyers at the Department of Justice say we have the legal authority to do this,” Johnson said in a speech about the nation’s immigration system at Rice University in Houston. He added that the president’s actions, known as deferred action, are “the right thing to do. …Over and over again, in the life of this nation, there have been classes of people who, by virtue of their race, gender, religion, or nationality, exist on the margins of society and struggle to seek our acceptance.”